Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (21-34) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (31-22), 16-13, last night in the finale of the 2016 Vedder Cup at Petco Park.
Wade Miley (5-2, 5.85) gave up nine runs in four and two-thirds innings on twelve hits and two walks while striking out two. The Padres scored seven runs off Miley and reliever Mike Montgomery in the fifth inning. It looked like this:
It wasn’t so painful to watch.
Colin Rea (3-2, 4.85) pitched five and a third innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. But Rea did not figure in the decision after the Padres bullpen of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Matt Thornton combined to give up nine runs in the seventh inning. The Padres went from being in the lead by a score of 12-7 to being behind 16-12 after one inning. It looked like this:
It was painful to watch.
The Colorado Rockies (24-29) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:40pm PDT. Drew Pomeranz (4-5, 2.48) gets the start tonight against Chris Rusin (1-3, 4.79).
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an afternoon at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (20-33) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (30-21). A lot fewer runs. Like 16-4. Like got beat really bad. Like.
James Shields (2-7, 4.28) lasted just two and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on eight hits and four walks with only one strikeout. Kyle Seager hit a three-run home run off Shields in the second inning and Seth Smith added another three-run shot off Shields in the third inning. Luis Perdomo relieved Shields and gave up a two-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez in the fourth inning, a solo home run to Smith in the fifth inning, and a three-run home run to Adam Lind, also in the fifth inning. That’s twelve runs just from home runs. I don’t even remember how they got the other four runs. Doesn’t matter anyway.
Of particular note, Christian Bethancourt played four positions, including pitching two-thirds of an inning in the eighth. Wil Myers moved from first base to left field and Derek Norris came into play first base, hitting in designated hitter Matt Kemp‘s spot. Alexi Amarista, who had come in for Alexei Ramirez in the sixth inning, finished up that inning, moving Adam Rosales to shortstop so Bethancourt could play second base. Rosales had replaced Yangervis Solarte at second base in the fifth inning. If you’re completely confused, join the club. I can’t make this stuff up, people.
Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41) was perfect for the first four innings, until Solarte led off the fifth inning with a single. Iwakuma ended his day after seven innings pitched, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Travis Jankowski hit a two-run home run and Matt Kemp followed up with a solo shot two outs later in the sixth inning. Hector Sanchez led off the seventh inning with a solo home run. That was all she wrote for the Padres.
Tonight, the series switches to Petco Park for two games starting at 7:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (1-1, 1.65) draws the short straw against Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during Memorial Day at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (20-32) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (29-21), 9-3, in the first of two at Safeco Field.
Andrew Cashner (2-4, 4.87) started out well, throwing four scoreless innings and only giving up one hit. Cashner got out of trouble unscathed in the fifth when Kyle Seager walked and Adam Lind singled to begin the inning. Then the sixth inning happened. Nori Aoki reached on catcher’s interference with one out and scored on a Seth Smith double. After Robinson Cano struck out, Smith scored on Nelson Cruz‘s double. Seager then hit a two-run home run to right field. Cashner’s day ended after six and a third innings, four runs (three earned) scored on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. In the eighth inning, Brandon Maurer walked Cano, who advanced on a double by Cruz. Maurer then walked Seager and Lind singled to score Cano and pinch-runner Luis Sardinas. Dae-ho Lee then hit a three-run home run.
Nate Karns (4-1, 3.53) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Designated hitter Christian Bethancourt‘s RBI single in the second inning put the Padres ahead 1-0. In the sixth inning, a Brett Wallace RBI double gave the Friars their second run. And, in the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez singled to score Derek Norris for the Padres final run.
James Shields (2-6, 3.06) gets the start this afternoon against Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33). First pitch at Safeco Field is at 12:40pm PDT.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon fainting with excitement because Austin Hedges started his first game. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were swooning.
The Padres (15-14) scored a few more runs than the San Francisco Giants (14-14) yesterday, eventually ending up with a 9-1 win to avoid a three-game sweep.
Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.03) gave up just the one run in seven innings on six hits and no walk with five strikeouts. Nori Aoki drove in Matt Duffy in the third inning for the Giants’ lone run. Brandon Maurer and Frank Garces each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
San Francisco’s Chris Heston (2-3, 3.38), on the other hand, was knocked around in the Padres’ third inning, surrendering five runs as the Friars batted around, and leaving after five innings pitched with eleven hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Matt Kemp, Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, Alexi Amarista, and Austin Hedges all had RBI hits in the third. For Hedges, it was his first Major League hit and RBI. Hedges also had a sacrifice fly to score Gyorko in the eighth for his second RBI.
The Padres travel to Phoenix for a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting tonight at 6:40pm PDT. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 2.95) gets another shot at the rotation in place of the injured Brandon Morrow as he takes the mound against the D-Backs’ Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 5.40).
Last week, we discussed some potential free agent targets, eventually depositing a brief comment on former Kansas City Royals outfielder Nori Aoki:
Speaking of Alexi, Nori Aoki graduated summa cum laude from the Amarista School of Outfield Defense, but the numbers say he’s somewhat effective out there. He’s ultra consistent with the bat, posting batting averages between .285 and .288 and on-base percentages between .349 and .356 in each of his first three seasons in the majors, though his power is trending down. His high-contact offensive style might be a good fit in Petco, though he isn’t a clear-cut upgrade over a Will Venable or Seth Smith.
Unlike some of the other names mentioned in last week’s article, Aoki seems like a particularly good fit in San Diego for a couple of reasons: (1) he should be relatively cheap, even by today’s free agent standards, and (2) he would help fill out an outfield that has plenty of pieces that are coming off of injury-plagued or underachieving seasons like Cameron Maybin, Will Venable, and Carlos Quentin.